Orioles 2, Yankees 0: Goodnight Irene, Goodnight Irene, I'll See You In My Dreams

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 28: Zach Britton #53 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 28, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

 

The polar opposite of Friday night's game, this one went into the bottom of the 7th knotted at 0-0. Depending on how you look at it, the good news is that Zach Britton finished 7 innings with only one walk and five Ks. The bad news (maybe?) is that it took him 120 pitches to do so. Certainly this number will encourage members of the old school and alarm adherents of pitch counts and exercising extreme care with pitching prospects. Either way, you had to be impressed with Britton's second straight good outing after an exceedingly poor run. Oriole bats were also a touch cold in the early going, giving the ever expanding Bartolo Colon the gift of 18 outs on a mere 68 pitches. Nick Markakis appeared to offer a potential break in the stalemate with a double to open the bottom of the 7th, but in the following at bat, Adam Jones failed to plate Markakis or even advance him. On recent performance, it must have come as a great surprise when Vlad Guerrero smoked a single into right to score Markakis, however, it came as little surprise when Vlad was thrown out inexplicably trying to stretch his single into a double.

The Orioles threatened to break things open in the 8th and then, as so often happens, appeared to snag defeat from the jaws of victory. After Mark Reynolds got his third hit of the day and advanced to 3rd on a single by Ryan Adams, Nolan Reimold hit into a weak fielder's choice and Robert Andino struck out. With two down, though, J.J. Hardy was able to chase Colon with a single that would score Reynolds and complete the O's scoring for the day.

That left the heart of the Yankees order for Kevin Gregg in the top of the 9th. Despite taunting Jim Palmer by throwing his piece of crap cutter to Mark Teixeira, the baseball gods were smiling and graciously allowed Gregg to induce a game ending double play struck by Alex Rodriguez.

That's six straight, folks: two straight from the Yanks and the O's first shutout of the Yanks since 2008.

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